Donald Trump in the Frontier Mythology
This book explores the presidential image of Donald Trump as it is constructed by the media within American national mythology, precisely the frontier myth.
By offering an account of three milestones in the development of the frontier mythology in its intersection with presidential imagery, the book shows how the image of Donald Trump fits into the line of "cowboy presidents," together with Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. It also offers insights into the reasons for making Russian president Vladimir Putin a part of Trump’s story and a routinely mentioned figure in American presidential politics.
Applying the means of philosophical anthropology to this topical issue at the intersection of politics and the media, this volume will appeal to those working and studying in the areas of media studies, political anthropology, American studies, and myth studies.
- "The toughest guy in the office"
- Theodore Roosevelt: the becoming of the frontier and the arrival of the hero
- Ronald Reagan: extension of the frontier and inversion of the hero
- Donald Trump: recovered meanings of the frontier and resurgence of the hero
- Vladimir Putin: "stolen" meanings of the frontier and a supplementing hero
The tough guy theme in politics
Masculine politics and the origin of the tough
Performative frontier: staging the myth
The enduring contradiction of myth
The land and the man
The man and the towners
The girl: gendered opposition
Myth gains primacy
The exhauster of myth
Back to the beginning
New scapes: cowboy goes metropolitan
Here comes the villain
"Is he one of us?"